Day: January 31, 2021

6 Ukrainian sailors rescued from pirates

January 31, 2021

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced Saturday the release of six Ukrainian sailors previously kidnapped by pirates in Nigerian territorial waters. Zelensky expressed gratitude to Ukrainian diplomats and everyone who had a stake in the sailors’ release. “Our citizens are safe and we expect their return to their homeland soon,” Zelensky wrote on Instagram. A crew […]

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Dary

January 31, 2021

Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories): TURKEY ANKARA – Following latest developments in COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey, worldwide. ANKARA – Following developments in wake of pirate attack on cargo ship in waters off Gulf of Guinea, kidnapping […]

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Somalia: Several people feared dead in hotel bombing

January 31, 2021

Several people are feared dead in a bombing on Sunday targeting a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital, police said. The hotel near Mogadishu’s airport is frequented by security officials and opposition politicians. Abdifatah Hassan, a police official, told Anadolu Agency over the phone that heavily armed gunmen stormed the hotel after the bomb attack. “We […]

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South Africa’s coronavirus cases nears 1.5M

January 31, 2021

South Africa registered 318 new deaths from the coronavirus, taking its death toll to 43,951, health officials said Saturday. South Africa has conducted more than 8.2 million tests for the virus with infections nearing 1.5 million. Nearly 1.3 million patients have recovered. South Africa is currently battling a second wave of the pandemic. It has […]

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Turkey: Opposition member remanded over links to PKK

January 31, 2021

A district head of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) — which the government accuses of having links to the terror organization, PKK — was remanded in custody on Sunday. Ercan S., HDP’s district head of Esenyurt, Istanbul, along with another suspect Dilan K. were arrested in Istanbul on Jan. 26 and transferred to the […]

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Turkey: Exploratory talks with Greece ‘important step’

January 31, 2021

Ankara’s ongoing exploratory talks with Athens are an “important step” in improving bilateral relations, Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Saturday. In a talk on Turkish foreign policy, Ibrahim Kalin said: “This is an important step in terms of our relations with our neighbor Greece, the European Union and the balance of power in the Aegean […]

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UN announces candidates for temporary Libyan government

January 31, 2021

The UN Libya Support Mission (UNSMIL) announced Saturday candidates for leadership of the interim unity government that will govern until elections are held Dec. 24. There are 24 candidates for the Presidency Council, which forms the executive authority, and 21 for the Prime Minister’s Office, according to UNSMIL. The interim executive authority consists of the […]

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Fenerbahce’s Dimitris Pelkas faces hamstring injury

January 31, 2021

Fenerbahce’s Dimitris Pelkas has suffered a hamstring injury, and could be out for two weeks at least, Anadolu Agency has learnt. The 27-year-old was injured in the match with Caykur Rizespor Saturday evening, and has a grade 2 hamstring tear, the club said in a statement on Sunday. Treatment, however, has already begun. A club […]

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